Blue Moon Valley
Blue Moon Valley
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Bodies of Water • Mountains • Scenic Walking Areas
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Julie L
Singapore, Singapore106 contributions
We took a bus from Lijiang Ancient City for 15 RMB and it took us to the foot of the mountain. Then we took the bus from there up to the Blue Moon Valley. The place was breath-taking. The colour of the water was amazingly stunning. We did not go up the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as we heard that there was no snow at this time of the year. The Blue Moon Lake was already worth the trip. As it was rainy season, we had brought along our raincoat. It rained and stopped, rained and stopped. We walked around the lake, walking on the jungle side was a very interesting experience. Because of the wet weather, different species of flora and fungi could be spotted along the way.
Written August 3, 2020
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,689 contributions
Couples
Very scenic area but very touristy with lots of shops to take your photos in costume or with a yak. They have built dams and waterfalls in the area to help out with protection of the glaciers. The water is still a very nice blue and the valley is very green. If you're looking for a trip from Lijiang you could combine this area easily with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

The walkways are nice and the pictures of the area are super nice so it was tempting for us to go despite knowing the man made features. It was also an included stop with our guide.

We had troubles figuring out a bus to get to the area on our own and the travel center we found was closed by the time we got there so we asked for help from our hotel. Our friends have also gotten help through their hotels and the prices have ranged from 360 to 380 and includes transport to/from, a down jacket rental (not needed in July but might be good for rain), an oxygen tank or two and lunch (chicken hot pot with yak meat as an appetizer). Our guide took us through the park to get to scenic areas and the bus stops.

You might be able to do the area on your own if you know Mandarin well but the things we were thankful for a guide for were all the health checks on the way into the park. Our guide also knew exactly where to go to make a quick and efficient trip of the area.
Written July 26, 2021
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GodBlessMali
Shanghai Region, China121 contributions
What a place to visit! Not only does the water look amazing, but being able to have the mountain in the background makes for amazing photos.

I think I was lucky to go at a time where people are still nervous about traveling so it wasn't overly crowded though there were many couples taking wedding photos which made it difficult for tourists to take decent photos without having anyone on them.

If you are a bit patient, you will be able to take some amazing shots though!

As all touristic spots, I strongly recommend to go early during the day as to avoid the crowd. As it's very close to the mountain, you may want to decide which one you prefer most (if you plan on visiting both), and I think the Blue Moon Valley is more worthy.
Written June 29, 2020
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meghangw
Guangzhou, China221 contributions
Couples
This place appears to be an old runoff stream that has been dammed At various points to create lake/pond things. I’m not convinced that the blueness is natural, like Lake Louise in Canada is. The water looked cloudy and I didn’t see any sign of life. However around the lake were thousands of signs of life. Mostly in the form of brides and grooms and photographers. So many people. There are some man made water fall things, made to look like limestone encrusted cascades of blue water. Even the metal handrails were painted to look wood. That was probably the most interesting thing! It was very Disney.
Written June 24, 2021
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Ronan V
Beijing, China50 contributions
Friends
It's kind of natural Disneyland... Of course the park is nice, the views are awesome when the weather is appropriate. But be ready to queue to enter the park, to queue to get tickets, to queue to get in the bus, to queue to take the cableway. Try to find some distant and less crowded paths to enjoy the walk without the usual crowd.
Also don't be too enthusiastic about the blue moon lake, all waterfalls are fake, and probably the color too. And that's a shame in such natural wonder.
Written August 13, 2020
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Jofou
19 contributions
Couples
The ponds/lakes have a beautiful blue (difficult to enjoy with the hordes of tourists and newly weds being photographed).
But we lost date in the place when we noticed that all cascades are in fact fake rocks like you would find in Disneyland. Makes you wonder what else is real or fake.

A disappointment...
Written October 5, 2020
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cornwall15
Durham, NC153 contributions
This is a very photogenic place with the water pools and majestic mountains around it. It it spoiled by several things: the crowds are very large and will interfere greatly with your pictures; the pools and falls are all artificial; when we were there no less than 8 private photo shoots were in process blocking off areas of the valley. We did not pay to use the electric trolleys and did not regret it.
Written January 5, 2020
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Riccinni
Asia513 contributions
This place reminded us of the Alps. The place was so beautiful seeing the mountain ranges and lake all in one view. We saw so many brides and grooms that used this beautiful scenery as their photo backdrops. It was breathtaking!
Written July 1, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,272 contributions
Beautiful terraces enable an amazing flow of the turquoise-coloured water, through the valley surrounded by mountains. Spectacular and very scenic.
Written September 18, 2020
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,492 contributions
Solo
Nestled in the towering mountains of southern China, an impossibly turquoise river passes over a beautiful set of terraces. As the water runs over these flat platforms, it form dozen of miniature white water waterfalls cascading down the mountain valley. The river which originated from the melting snow of the Himalayas gets its turquoise tinted from the copper ions in the water.

While the terraces in Blue Moon Valley are mostly natural, the Chinese government has done several artificial interventions to make them look even more spectacular. The terraces combined with the flowers, gorges, and meadows that surround them make Blue Moon Valley one of the most scenic spots in all of China.
Written January 17, 2020
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